After sleeping on the issue for years, a fire was lit in Madison this week and the legislature appears ready to enhance Wisconsin's weak Clean Indoor Air law to match that of most of our surrounding states, ending our dubious title of Ashtray of the Midwest.
The best analysis comes from our old sparring partner, Eugene Kane. It's well-written and comes from Eugene's heart.
Surprisingly, Eugene missed an important point in the struggle and that is the targeting cigarette companies did to trap minority customers. I can tell you that some of the strongest support for smoking restrictions comes from groups such as NAACP and the Urban League -- and for good reason.